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Create a Stylish Outdoor Space on a Budget

Refresh worn or outdated outdoor furniture, grills, planters and even accessories with a fresh coat of paint.

Courtesy of Rust-Oleum®

If your patio furniture, barbecue grill or favorite outdoor planter were left outside this winter, they probably took a beating. But think twice before relegating your favorite lounge chair or lawn ornament to the landfill. It's easy to transform them and make them look better than new. All you need is a little imagination and a few cans of spray paint.

"Replacing outdoor furniture can be expensive and, in many cases, unnecessary," says Rust-Oleum home improvement expert and PaintIdeas.com blogger Angie Stinner. "It's easy to transform worn, damaged outdoor furniture and accessories with a little spray paint. And, with a variety of popular colors and on-trend finishes from which to choose, you can upcycle the things you already own and make them look better than new."

Here are a few tips from PaintIdeas.com:

Create "Designer" Furniture
Designer patio sets, lawn chairs and other outdoor furniture can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. But it's easy and inexpensive to give the furniture you already own a facelift that mimics the look of trendy designer furniture with a few coats of spray paint.

Create a durable designer look that sparkles in the sun with a textured black paint with flecks of silver. The texture adds depth, elegance and unmatched protection to any project. Or create a rich oil-rubbed bronze finish while protecting your furniture from the elements with Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint. Choose an unexpected color, like the green of Painter's Touch 2X Satin Eden. You also can transform garage sale bargains, flea market finds or used furniture found on sites like Craigslist or Freecycle with spray paint to get a designer look without the designer price tag.

Revive an Old Barbecue Grill
If your grill was buried under three feet of snow, it could probably use a little TLC. Why not revive it with a spray paint specifically formulated for high-heat applications like grills? For example, Rust-Oleum High Heat Ultra resists heat up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's great for grills, fire pits and wood-burning stoves. Plus, it's available in traditional black as well as stylish colors and finishes like brown and aged copper, so your grill will look as good as new.

Accessories Can Get a Second Life, Too
No need to toss planters, lawn ornaments or other outdoor accessories because their finish has been weather damaged. Spray paint can give them a second life. Try spray-painting planters with Rust-Oleum Stops Rust for a rooftop garden or patio in a variety of vegetable colors: Sunrise Red for tomatoes, Hunter Green for lettuce or green peppers, different shades of green for herbs. Or use Universal Brown Hammered to give worn statuary a rustic, modern look. The possibilities to add a splash of color — or a little sophistication — to a patio, rooftop or backyard are endless.

For more inspiration, project ideas or to share a project you've done, visit PaintIdeas.com. Or find Paint Ideas on Facebook at Facebook.com/PaintIdeas.

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